Infamous park’s dangerous water slide
Many have wondered if anyone was crazy enough to ride the Cannonball Loop at New Jersey’s original Action Park.
The Cannonball Loop was as talked about by New Jersey residents as the theme park it could be found in. Now, rare footage of the slide has park-goers recollecting past visits.
Visitors to the theme park referred to the place by a litany of nicknames: Friction Park, Class Action Park, and Accident Park to name a few. Chances are if you grew up in northern New Jersey, you have heard of or paid a visit to Action Park. The Vernon, N.J., attraction was one of America’s first water parks. Welcoming patrons from Memorial Day to Labor Day, it opened its doors in 1978 and first closed in 1996.
The theme park was the brainchild of Eugene Muhville. He sold the attraction in 1998 but repurchased it with a group of investors in 2010. They reopened it under the name Mountain Creek. Muhville passed away in 2012; his son, Andrew, now runs the park. The current iteration doesn’t have the safety problems of its predecessor.
Many people who grew up during the original Action Park era fondly recall the fun times and recklessness. The dilemma, however, becomes evident when you consider the park’s legal history. A reported six deaths and countless other injuries occurred on Action Park rides during its nearly two-decade run. A park employee was killed when his car on the Alpine Slide jumped the concrete track, and his head struck a rock. Multiple people drowned in the park’s wave pool, which was also one of the first attractions of its kind in the U.S. In the course of a week, a teenage boy drowned, and a 27-year-old man died after he was electrocuted when stepping off a ride.